Brent and Dina
There has been an exciting event in the Fuqua household recently.
Dina and I would like to announce the birth of our daughter,
Jaden Piper Fuqua. She was born on Thursday, May 1, 2003 and
weighed 8 pounds & 1 ounce and was 19 & ¾ inches
long. She had some jaundice early on but is doing great now. She
has been a wonderful addition to our family. Jaden has a great
temperament and is very sweet. Dina is recovering slowly and has
had a great deal of pain since the delivery.
LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit
and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern
my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon
me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to
attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from
your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I
make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings
of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there
your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If
I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become
night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to
you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in
my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame
was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When
I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw
my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in
your book before one of them came to be. Psalms 139:1-16 (NIV)
is unbelievable to think that God knew Jaden before she was born.
He made her and has all her days worked out already! It is amazing
to look at a little creation like Jaden. It blows my mind that
someone could experience that and still not believe that there
is a God.
Fuqua's Prayer Requests
Jaden to be a Godly girl
support to grow b/c Dina is taking work off until Fall/2004
and details for the camps and trip
Dina to recover quickly
interns Matt Smith and Aaron Price
Each year Hoops of Hope's Prison Ministry is becoming more
and more effective. This year our team played in 16 games and
shared the Gospel with over 1400 inmates at 8 different prisons.
The three keys to this ministry's impact are prayer, people, and
United States just went through a tough war in Iraq where strategy
was the key to victory. The battle plan was to bomb the sites
heavily before sending in ground operations. In our Prison ministry
we send out emails and schedules in newsletters so that you, our
partners in ministry, can send in prayers and prepare the battlefield
for our ground crew which is our team. Your prayers are powerful
and effective. Prisons that have been hardened toward our message
in the past have had major breakthroughs due to prayer!
second key is the players. Our players volunteer their time and
abilities to make the ministry work. They also take the time to
prepare their testimonies and then they are brave enough to stand
up in front of hostile crowds preaching the Word boldly. These
are awesome guys who are valued greatly by Hoops of Hope.
we continually strive to improve our means of follow-up. Hoops
of Hope is not allowed to correspond with inmates so we plug into
other ministries to get these men Bible Studies. We would like
to thank the Saints Prison Ministry (www.saints-prison-ministry.org)
for their awesome follow-up material. We are not where we want
to be with this aspect yet, but we are on the right path.
*Pictures in this section courtesy of Good News Jail & Prison
Take the time to pray for these guys...
W., Ross H., Josh S., Scott M., Chris G., Chris L., Rich R., Brent
F., Kevin B., Will B., Russ F., MacDonald S., Nate J., Anthony
D., Mike M., Jon W., Nate C., John B.
"... Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians
Over these past few months, people I know who are my prayer supporters
have been going through trials. I have had the privilege of lifting
them up in prayer and seeing God use these situations to work
in many lives. In the world we have seen the war with Iraq and
the battle with SARS in China. Instead of being discouraged by
these situations I found myself overjoyed. Yes, overjoyed! The
reason is that God is giving me the opportunity to work with Hoops
of Hope. I love basketball, but the reason I am joining
the ministry is because of the Hope. If you have Christ
in you then you have the hope of glory! No matter what happens
on earth, those who have a personal relationship with Christ can
always cling to the knowledge of God's Kingdom being prepared
for us to worship Him. It is my desire that every ministry activity
I take on with HOH is underlined by Kingdom Goals and Kingdom
Purposes so that anyone I encounter can have Hope!
really is the point of God’s love letter to us, the Bible. Jesus
created us all to fully enjoy Him and yet we broke that relationship
by our own sin. The Lord didn’t give up rather He came to die
for us and reunite us to Himself. He offers the free gift of salvation.
All you have to do is receive it, even today, right now! “…yet
to all who received Him, to those who believed in his name, he
gave the right to become children of God”—John 1:12 (NIV)
Praises and Prayer Requests
from our Players...
Going into the prisons to minister to inmates has helped me grow
as a Christian. It is hard to focus on serving the Lord when your
team is down 2 points with 30 seconds left and there is a bad
call or something of that nature. I think the prison ministry
has helped me focus on what is a game, and what is truly important
in eternity. I am still very competitive, but I think building
relationships with the inmates is more important. There are a
couple of prisons that we tried to visit once a month and that
was great because we could build relationships and have a starting
point to talk to somebody the next time we went into that prison.
It was very interesting to talk to so many men who were getting
out of prison soon. I really think the Lord had this in His plans.
It also makes our team a witness for God. We can live out our
daily lives and not really think about eternity when we are going
through our normal schedule like checking out at the grocery store.
In the prison it gives us that purpose of sharing what God has
done for us. If we can make that a habit in our everyday lives,
then God has done a work in us. Rich R.
thoughts on Prison Basketball...
Sometimes, when I look back on my experiences with prison basketball,
I feel guilty. I feel like I'm getting more than I'm giving. The
times I remember are not within the lines of the basketball court.
The men I've met and the relationships of which I've been a part
dominate my memories. The smiles and appreciation from the men
inside remind me what I have, and motivate me to take full advantage
of the opportunities God has given me. I feel so blessed to know
how much God loves and cares for me, and I am reminded of how
much He has protected me and continues to protect me. I am so
thankful for the opportunity to go and share Christ's love through
the game of basketball. Chad W.
in the prisons has been an incredible experience. Seeing the work
of the Lord in the lives of these men has convincingly proven
to me that His love
can penetrate the darkest places and the most hardened hearts.
I, too, have
grown much through this ministry, learning the power of prayer
and most importantly that sharing my faith really isn't about
me, but Him. Ross H.